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Centers for Disease Control

Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is affecting numerous small children in the Northeast Texas area.  It's similar to a cold, but with worse respiratory symptoms, such as mucus in the nose and throat.  It's generally not life-threatening.  Kim offers some suggestions for treatment.  And she says she has s

Centers for Disease Control, Immunize.org

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, urges parents to have their children receive flu vaccinations.  Hunt Regional recently issued a news release advcoating for vaccination.  Kim says that the Centers for Disease Control  reports 185 children (12 and under)

Texas A&M Health Science Center

The director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, Kim Saenz, says they've seen a 25 percent increase this year in flu cases.  She says they've seen as many as 82 flu cases in a day at the Emergency Center in Quinlan.  She says the flu may continue well into the spring or even the summer, and advises people who have not had a flu shot to get one.  Kim says avoid the pharmacy if you can because that's where people who are sick go to get medicine.

Texas A&M Health Science Center

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says they're seeing a rise in flu cases and also strep.  She recommends that everyone get the flu shot, even though reports say it is not very effective this year.  Kim says if you get the shot, and do get the flu, it will be a milder, shorter case.  Kim also discusses an article on

KETR

The director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, Kim Saenz, says the emergency centers have been exceptionally busy treating cases of the flu and strep in recent weeks.  She said the Quinlan center is seeing an average of about 50 patients a day and Commerce just under 40.  But on one day, the Commerce center saw 65 patients.